The province has plans to give grants to raise awareness of dangers of fentanyl and other drugs by making the proceeds of Crime grants available to police and their community partners to raise drug awareness and prevention.
Proceeds of Crime grants are supported with funds forfeited to the province following federally-prosecuted Criminal Code offences. They are available to police agencies throughout the province and helps fund police drug prevention and awareness programming with community partners.
“Recent deaths in our province have highlighted the tragic consequences of street drugs and just how dangerous fentanyl can be. These grants will help our law enforcement partners increase awareness about the dangers of fentanyl and other street drugs through prevention and awareness initiatives. All Albertans deserve to live in safe and resilient communities,” said Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The Proceeds of Crime Fund is a joint provincial-federal fund directed specifically at law enforcement for activities relating to crime prevention and drug education. The total funding available is $220,000, with a maximum of $20,000 per project for an 18-month period.
Information about this funding will be distributed to law enforcement agencies. The agencies can also contact the Crime Prevention and Restorative Justice Unit at 780-415-1819 for more information. To call toll-free in Alberta, first dial 310-0000. Application forms will be available on December 18, and the deadline for applications is noon on February 12, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed by an impartial review committee.